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  • Volunteers sought for project at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area near Smyrna

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  • The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with "Bye Bye Boxwood," an invasive plant removal project, at the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area east of Smyrna Saturday, Feb. 16.
    1. At the Vogel Tract on the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area ornamental boxwood shrubs are outcompeting native plants and taking over the understory, destroying native wildlife habitat as they spread. Volunteers will use hand saws, pruners and loppers to remove the shrubs. Work gloves, hand saws, pruners and loppers will be provided, but volunteers may bring their own.
    2. Volunteers for this project must be at least 15 years old. Anyone volunteering under the age of 18 must provide a parental consent form, which can be printed from the Division of Fish and Wildlife's volunteer website, www.fw.delaware.gov/volunteers. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
    3. Volunteers will meet at the Cedar Swamp WA's Vogel Tract, follow Thoroughfare Neck Road, cross over Collins Beach Road and continue to the end of the dirt road. A map with directions can be found on the Fish & Wildlife online volunteer calendar at www.fw.delaware.gov/volunteers. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register with contact information in case of inclement weather leading to postponement.
    4. This project is part of DNREC's Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development
    WHO DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
    WHAT Invasive plant removal project
    WHERE Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area
    WHEN 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
    INFO Lynne Staub at 735-3600 or email lynne.staub@state.de.us
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